Index Finger

Index FingerIf your dominant hand’s index finger appears long, (tip is more than halfway past the middle of the tip of the middle finger), projects forward, and has pink color beneath (all races), you’re a planner, goal setter, and natural leader. As an ambitious career minded professional, you’re attracted to go-getters like yourself, steering far away from strays and fixer-uppers. Anyone looking for a free ride or unable to carry his or her weight will quickly lose your respect.


finger lengthsMany dominant index fingered people are of medium height with generously proportioned bodies. They frequently have wide chests, high foreheads, widely spaced kind eyes, and round faces with wavy hair. These individuals enjoy being married and need a partner as much as a lover in a mate. Their relationship problems often result from obsessive or controlling behavioral patterns and judgmental, critical attitudes. False pride, gluttony, vanity, and bossiness are weaknesses that these individuals can overcome by practicing moderation and steadily earning success.

Although, long index fingered folk are naturally healthy types, they must be careful not to overindulge in rich food and drink. As their physical sense is taste, temptation is strong. They love rich exotic foods, luxurious desserts, and fine wine. If they don’t take good care of themselves, they’re prone to blood disorders, liver trouble, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and problems with hips, thighs, and throat. Many of the finest chefs have dominant index fingers (reflected in the length and thickness of the bottom phalange).

As previously discussed, proportions of individual phalanges, knots, and nails are important. With a spatulate fingertip there’s more individuality, unconventionality, and originality. A square tipped person is more practical and responsible. Round and conical tips are adaptable and intuitive. Every detail, including fingerprints, must to be taken into consideration.

lifeprintsDermatoglyphics rarely change, unlike lines, which change as our thinking, and circumstances change. A careful examination of dermatoglyphics requires a quality set of hand-prints  a magnifying glass, and a measuring device. Dermatoglyphics and timing are beyond the scope of this blog at the moment. If you’re interested in fingerprints, Richard Unger has devoted a large portion of his career as a hand analyst to finger prints. His book, LIFEPRINTS, is worth reading. 


If your index finger is short (less than half way to the middle of the top phalange of the middle finger), you’ll have to work harder than the long index fingered person. Your major challenge is learning to value and ask enough for yourself. Too many short index fingered people received too little encouragement and support while growing up. Nonetheless, plenty of successful individuals have short index fingers. They earn every drop of whatever they achieve. Nothing comes easily. Scientific studies have related short index fingers to homosexuality, a claim I’ve refuted in a previous entry. See how my knowledge of index fingers transformed my family’s destiny.

The basic shape of your hands will determine whether you’re more intuitive, practical, thinking, or feeling. If you want to cultivate a dominant index fingered person, be honest and direct, show pride in your work, and take calculated risks. Many strong index fingered people become successful managers, journalists, judges, lawyers, politicians, singers (instrument is voice), producers, promoters, priests, chefs, speakers, and salespeople.

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Over the past thirty-five years, I've read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career, and socio-economic diversity. I've examined the hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives, and the people who work for them. I've been in charge of the psychics at special events like the massive Bloomberg Company picnic on Randall’s Island and have worked at the Mayor’s country home and at Gracie Mansion. I've been a hand reader at PR events and family gatherings for the King of PR, Howard Rubenstein. I was the hand reader at Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular wedding. I've also read the hands of Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Star Jones, Kevin Kline, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, and Maurice Sendak, along with numerous other celebrities and their families. I've also examined hundreds of criminally insane people’s hands at a forensic psychiatric hospital in New York City over a two-year period. I've appeared on ABC The View, CBS Martha Stewart Living, CBS Evening News, FOX Good Day NY, Lifetime TV, Queens, NPR and WNYC. I've been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, INSTYLE Magazine, Family Circle, Modern Bride, Manhattan User’s Guide, and other periodicals. Because of my credentials in design and technology as well as my extensive experience with public appearances on television, radio, and in the print media, I'm uniquely qualified to promote palmistry. I offer five-minute reflections at special events, counsel countless couples, raise funds for diverse causes such as AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Schizophrenia, Arts Education, and the Environment. I taught Metaphysics 101 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC for five years and have also spoken, offered workshops, and taught classes at the New York Open Center, Learning Annex, Source of Life Center, Hunter College, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount Manhattan College, Theosophical Society, East West Bookstore, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and The National Design Museum in NYC. I also have a private practice with over 1,000 clients.

11 thoughts on “Index Finger

  1. I would appreciate if Iam helped in my research paper which requires that I am able to explain the role of two thumb phalanges when casting a vote in an election. Is the thumb impression or print of the first phalanx or ‘will’ phalanx enough to complete the election process or is it better that the second phalanx or the phalanx of ‘logic’ is also of the Same size? Even though, the ballot paper has room for registering impression or print of a single phalanx or the first phalanx ( The ‘will’ ) phalanx of the thumb to complete the election process.

  2. What does it mean when the index finger curves towards the middle finger?
    Btw, I really appreciate your blog!

    • Thanks, Trish. As always, interpretation depends on basic hand type and what else is going on in the hand. Is the index finger long or short? Generally speaking, an inwardly curving index finger relates to having or needing a strong work ethic. Family expectations often play a strong role in the person’s life. I find that many people with inwardly curving index fingers almost work ‘too hard’, instead of being satisfied with ‘good enough’. This is also true when the middle finger leans toward the ring finger.

  3. This blog was very informative. Could you let me know what does it mean when the index finger leans outwards/towards the thumb?

    • As always, you want to look at the basic hand type – intuitive, practical, thinking, and feeling. You also need to see which finger is dominant, whether the index finger is long or short, and the qualities of the thumb and how it is set on the hand. That being said, the farther an index finger leans outward toward the thumb, the more independent the person tends to be and the more the more they desire to make a difference in the world.

  4. Thanks for the information. Could you please recommend some books that I could read on Palmistry?.

  5. “Dermatoglyphics rarely change, unlike lines, which change as our thinking, and circumstances change”

    Do dermatoglyphics really change, sometimes? What i always heard is that they never change.
    I greatly appreciate your blog and your commitment . Thankyou.
    Anand from Italy

    • Thanks Anand. I’ve seen dermatoglyphics particularly change around health issues. I’ve observed skin ridge patterns on people with advanced AIDS almost disappear on the percussion (Mars) of their hands. In cancer patients, I’ve noticed dermatoglyphic patterns breaking up in the areas symbolized by the type of cancer. Mostly I’ve seen breast and stomach cancer symptoms in the heels (lunar) of the hands. Of course, I would never diagnose anything. It’s always been after hearing about the problem that I’ve observed the correspondence.

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